HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2008

 

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Rep. Tommy Waters, Chair

Rep. Blake K. Oshiro, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Josh Green, M.D.

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Sylvia Luke

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Hermina M. Morita

Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine

Rep. Alex M. Sonson

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

TIME:

3:15pm

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 1491, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1266)

Status

RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.

Authorizes the use of the controlled substance registration revolving fund to offset costs of investigating violations of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act including operations of the Narcotic Enforcement Division's forensic drug laboratory. Makes Hawaii's controlled substance laws consistent with that of federal law. (SB 1491 HD1)

 

PSM, JUD, FIN

SB 2436, SD1

(SSCR2567)

Status

RELATING TO CRIME.

Prohibits a person, with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm any other person, from making a communication that would: (1) cause the other person to reasonably feel emotional or physical distress; or (2) disrupt the orderly conduct of any institution. Defines communication to include, among other things, by cellular call, electronic mail transmission, or computer. Increases the penalty for harassment to a misdemeanor. (SB2436 SD1)

 

JUD

SB 2456, SD2

(SSCR2609)

Status

RELATING TO HARASSMENT.

Provides that harassment includes all computer communications; adds computer communication as a form of nonconsensual contact in the offense of harassment by stalking. Makes such offenses a class C felony. Eff. 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

JUD

SB 2425, SD1

(SSCR2557)

Status

RELATING TO ARSON.

Specifies the firefighting costs that a defendant convicted of arson may be required to reimburse. (SB2425 SD1)

 

JUD

SB 3182, SD1

(SSCR2884)

Status

RELATING TO EXTENDED SENTENCING.

Qualifies for extended term sentencing criminal offenders who commit enumerated felonies against good samaritans. Defines good samaritan. (SB3182 SD1)

 

JUD

SB 2301, SD1

(SSCR2571)

Status

RELATING TO CRITERIA FOR EXTENDED TERMS OF IMPRISONMENT.

Authorizes extended term of imprisonment for felony offenses committed against pregnant women. (SB2301 SD1)

 

JUD

SB 945

(SSCR263)

Status

RELATING TO ETHICS.

Requires drug testing of elected officials after certification of election, but prior to taking the oath of office, and upon reasonable suspicion thereafter. Prohibits legislators from employing spouses in office under the legislator's jurisdiction. Prohibits legislators from employing spouses in office under the legislator's jurisdiction. Prohibits state agencies from entering into contracts with a legislator for goods or services valued at $10,000 or more per year. (SB945 HD1) Proposed HD1

 

JUD

 

Copies of the proposed HD1 are available in room 302 and on the Legislature's Web site: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

 

 

SB 3202

(SSCR2561)

Status

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO EXTEND THE MANDATORY RETIREMENT AGE FOR STATE JUSTICES AND JUDGES FROM SEVENTY TO EIGHTY YEARS OF AGE.

Proposes a constitutional amendment to change the mandatory retirement age for all newly appointed justices and judges from 70 to 80 years of age. (SD1)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 2363, SD2

(SSCR2734)

Status

RELATING TO SEXUAL ASSAULT.

Amends Hawaii Penal Code to make sexual assault against a person who is mentally defective a "strict liability" offense. (SB2363 SD2)

 

JUD

SB 2605, SD1

(SSCR2888)

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Increases the election fund contribution amount on state income tax returns from $2 to $3 for campaign spending purposes. (SD1)

 

JUD, FIN

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing with a transmittal cover indicating:

     Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

     The Committee the comments are directed to;

     The date and time of the hearing;

     Measure number; and

     The number of copies the Committee is requesting.

 

While every effort will be made to copy, organize, and collate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed to the incorrect office, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 5 copies (including an original) to Room 302 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 586-9456(Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (Neighbor Islands); or

EMAIL: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to JUDtestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov.

 

Testimony submitted will be placed on the Legislative Web site after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the Web site should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.

 

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-9450 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

 

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Rep. Tommy Waters

Chair